50 Books That Should Be in Every Family’s Library: Today in Critical Linking

The gang’s all here: old favorites, newer gems, and some YA novels for the older kids (and, yes, you too).​

Really is amazing how familiar most of these 50 Books That Should Be in Every Family’s Library are.

The AbeBooks online marketplaces has sold hundreds of copies of Rowling’s books at high prices, including a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that sold for $37,000. Do you have a valuable Harry Potter gathering dust under your bed?

Amazing that a books series not even 20 years old has such a vibrant collectors market.

Over the next five months, Kinokuniya will offer trade paperback editions of four non-Japanese graphic novels with new cover art in limited runs. These will be sold in its stores in the U.S., the Middle East, and Asia. Variant covers are a marketing and promotional strategy often used in traditional American comics periodical publishing—some U.S. comic books have multiple covers for the same issue—although the tactic is seldom used for the book format.

Gotta say, I think variant covers for some prose books would do well too.

Penguin Random House announced at its conference in Birmingham yesterday (25th February) it will be publishing novels from both Ali Smith and Zadie Smith this year.

Oh hell yea.

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